One Coastal Bend elementary school broke out the jump ropes Monday to help raise money for the American Heart Association, and one of their classmates played a very inspirational role in that effort.

Students were jumping rope during physical education at Tuloso-Midway Primary School.

"We've been using long jump ropes, we've been using small jump ropes, and it's a lot of cardio," P.E. Coach Sally DeLeon said. "The kids come out of here sweating."

It's all part of the "Jump Rope for Heart" event the school has put on for years.

"We're up to $7,000. Our goal was $5,000, so they surpassed our goal, our expectations," DeLeon said. "These kids have been doing an amazing job this year."

Lexxi Vega is one of those students who is raising money, and she's doing it because she has a heart condition.

"I'm trying to raise $1,000 because I want to help other people like me," Vega said.

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